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Occurred : 12/9/2004 01:46 (Entered as : 12/09/1904 1:46)
Reported: 12/9/2004 6:58:31 PM 18:58
Posted: 12/14/2004
Location: Mariposa, CA
Shape: Light
Duration:3 hours
Strange Lights over Mariposa California.

I was laying down in the living room; getting ready to go to sleep, when my brother came in and looked as though he was going check his e-mail on the computer. After a few minutes he walked back to his room;I thought he was sleep walking. After a few minutes he came back and sat down again; then he went outside. He came back in and went back to his room; again I thought he was sleepwalking. When he returned a third time, I asked him what he was doing. He told me to come outside to see something. When I got outside he pointed to a bright light that appeared to be hovering over the tree line about 4 miles away. He then flashe his flashlight at the light and the light moved away from the tree's and shot up the sky at about 40 degrees. I thought to myself; weird! He then pointed his flashlight at a second light and the same thing occured. What were these lights. I am a vet of the U.S. Army; worked as an Air Traffic Controller. I have never seen any aircraft that can do what these strange lights were doing. I went back into the house to get the cam, but could not locate a tape to record. I went back outside and my brother was in the back yard observing a different set of lights over the valley. We live in Mariposa CA just a few miles from Yosemite. The lights my brother was now observing appeared to get closer when he flashed them with his flashlight. I was spooked!!! I returned to the front of the house and observed the 1st lights. After a hour of observing the lights; I went on the internet to research any information of this occuring in this area. I found what I was looking for right away. The lights that are recorded on are the same lights we were observing. Sonora is just about 1 hour from here, aslo in the Sierra Mountains of California.